With the spring weather upon you, it's time to turn on your air conditioner. Before you do this, there are some things that you can do to clean up the system. You can contact your HVAC company to check the system for you. Then, take the following steps to get everything ready.
You should be replacing your air filter on a regular basis. Doing this will ensure that the air can move through the system unimpeded while still removing debris and other things from the air that you breathe. Now is the perfect time to replace your air filter. As you prepare for spring, consider using a high-efficiency pleated filter for your unit. You can check it and replace it about every 90 days. Make sure that you have replacements on hand, so you can maintain your unit throughout the warm season.
Go outside to check your exterior unit. During the fall and winter, many units will end up with a lot of debris in them. There could be leaves and other debris in the unit that you need to remove. Clean out anything that you find in the unit. You can use a hose to clean it out, too. Just be careful to refrain from bending the fins in the process. Then, make sure that you clear about 2 feet of space around your unit. You may need to clip your trees and shrubbery back to keep them from touching the unit.
Under your unit, you can find the drainage line. It's the perfect place for any excess water to go down, but it often gets clogged with debris. You can clean this out with a paperclip or wire. It would be wise to continue to check the drainage line throughout the spring and summer.
Check your ducts. Look for signs of holes or dents where air could be leaking through. These areas should be repaired. If you can't do this, you should replace the ducts. While checking for holes, look for signs of mildew or mold growing in your ductwork. These areas should be properly cleaned out and treated to prevent future mold growth. You can clean the ducts for other things, such as dust, dead bugs or pests, and other debris.
With everything cleaned out and ready to go, you can turn on your HVAC system. You'll be ready when the temperatures start to rise, so you can find solitude in your cool house.